Lent is fast approaching! For those of you that are unaware, Lent begins on Valentine’s Day this year. That makes me giggle. Then cry.
As a Catholic, I am asked to fast (two small meals and one medium meal with no snacks) just twice a year, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
I will be gut honest with you: I have never ever liked to fast.
I have never been very good at it so I have never sought it out. I have never tried to put it into my weekly schedule. I have not watched the DVD series a faithfully-fasting friend gave me.
Yesterday a priest more or less challenged me on my thinking. He didn’t KNOW he was challenging me; he just told me that as Christians, we must fast.
He gave many good reasons including the little one that Jesus said so.
I spent the afternoon wrestling with my humanity.
I may have pouted.
I finally got quiet and downloaded a recommended booklet simply titled: Fasting.
It was written by Fr. Slavko, the priest that worked with the visionaries in Medjugorje. He explains why we should fast and the whole book is geared to encourage us to do so.
So let’s talk about you. Do you fast on a regular basis? If so, how? What got you started? What is your practice?
Do you have any resources that you’d recommend for a food addict like me?
As you can clearly see, the Problem with Fasting isn’t actually FASTING.
The problem is me. I only see the negatives in fasting. I have not explored or even considered the positives.
I don’t have any answers. Yet. But I am willing, I think, to go on a journey of learning how to fast this Lent. Your input is welcome.